This year’s Paris Auto Show is to be the stage for officially debuting the anticipated Opel Adam S, which was unveiled as a prototype at the Geneva Motor Show just earlier this year. It will seemingly cap the Adam range at the high end, offering the greatest factory performance from the same 1.4 liter direct-injected four as available in the car’s other iterations.
Of course, that’s largely thanks to the turbocharger, which raises peak output to a claimed 150 hp. That pushes the engine’s specific power output over 100 hp/liter. Opel also boasts a 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) time of just 8.5 seconds; not overwhelmingly quick, but surely fast enough to be entertaining, especially in a pea-sized car that resembles a designer basketball sneaker.
Most impressive about this ‘S’ version is how it manages to blend its playful, sporting pedigree with incredible fuel economy. Things like hollow-cast camshafts and a plastic intake manifold help to minimize the Adam’s weight to the point that it (supposedly) accomplishes about 37 MPG combined.
The Adam S gets a front chin spoiler, more protruding rear bumper, sleeker sills, a big rear spoiler and Adam S logos on the car’s C-pillars so you don’t have to answer anyone’s questions about what you’re driving. The interior of this flavor of Adam can be fitted with performance Recaro bucket seats (or not), an optional leather package, and even a checkered flag headliner. This Adam S, like the Adams that came before it, offers the customer a completely bonkers number of options.
Even in its ‘S’ form, the Opel Adam remains the Burger King of cars: have it your way.